Kitchen: Remodeling for a unique disability

Project by soulknight posted 07-01-2011 03:32 AM 2956 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m trying to modify our kitchen for my wife, Sylvia, who lost both of her arms in an accident. The kitchen is a 10’x10’ space. What would be a decent kitchen for anyone else is largely inaccessible for her. Cabinets above the counter are obviously out of Sylvia’s reach. There is minimal space below the counter due to the placement of appliances.

I purchased a GE model GSM2260NSS designed to fit under the kitchen sink. This would allow me to move the dishwasher & adjacent 12” base cabinet under the sink then add another 36” cabinet in their place. Doing this will give Sylvia access to an additional 12 square feet of storage below the counter where she can more easily reach food, pots & pans or other utensils she needs.

I hit a road block with the plumbing. What I thought would be a straight forward job of pulling the sink base cabinet, sliding the dishwasher under the sink, actually requires a major refit of the plumbing in the wall. All of the fittings including the clean out drain must be move to within 12” from the right side of the cabinet. I am familiar with electrical work, not afraid of carpentry, but plumbing on this level is something I am experienced or comfortable with. Any advice or assistance would be greatly appreciated.


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posted 07-16-2011 06:20 AM

Great piece. I have had great luck with the “Job ACCOMIDATION Network, JAN”; they help employers and folks with disabilities find low cost/no cost and standard materials, tools, and practices to help those with a disability function better. JAN has been funded by the feds for years.
I have peripheral neuropathy (and bad spelling) they have helped me identify specific tools to help me in the shop, particularly tool balancers – taking up the weight of tools and the vibration. The also maintain extensive catalogues. contact JAN – Job Accommodation Network, (800)526-7234 (Voice) (877)781-9403 (TTY),
best Lew Poorman
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posted 10-07-2011 02:15 AM

soulknight, You might think about the foot operated water controls like used in the hospitals. If you have to go that far with the plumbing, they aren’t that much more.

Having lost the ability to walk myself, I feel for your wife’s loss. It is a shame that a wheelchair type of appliance can’t be a help for her. My heart goes out to both of you. God Bless, Rand

-- Yesterday I could not spell welder; Today I are one.

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